Predicting the fatigue life of internal fracture fixation plates

Chen, Gongfa, Schmutz, Beat, Steck, Roland, Pearcy, Mark, Wullschleger, Martin, Wilson, Cameron, & Schuetz, Michael (2008) Predicting the fatigue life of internal fracture fixation plates. In 16th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics, 6 – 9 July 2008, Lucerne, Switzerland.

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Failures of fracture fixation plates, often related to fatigue fractures of the implants, have been reported (Banovetz et al, 1996). While metallurgical defects can usually be excluded, many of these fractures can be explained with the biomechanical situation. This study investigated the biomechanics of two clinical cases, both of which used a 14-hole locking compression plate. In the first case, a titanium plate was used in a rigid configuration with 12 screws resulting in plate breakage after 7 weeks (Sommer et al, 2003). In the second case, a stainless steel plate, which endured the entire healing process, was used in a flexible application with only 6 screws.

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ID Code: 67051
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Journal of Biomechanics, Volume 41, Supplement 1, July 2008, Pages S495. Abstracts of the 16th Congress, European Society of Biomechanics
Keywords: Fracture fixation, Implants, Fatigue, Biomechanics, Finite Element Analysis
DOI: 10.1016/S0021-9290(08)70494-9
ISSN: 0021-9290
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING (090300) > Biomechanical Engineering (090302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2014 23:38
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 00:04

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